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Poster: bearcor Date: Apr 11, 2014 4:20pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: WHY TF!! does Warner own >1946 MONOGRAM flix

Can someone tell me why and when did post 1946 Monogram content become the property of Warner Bros.? I.E. the Bowery Boys movies.....

It is interesting that they WB ARCHIVE released WIFE WANTED 1946 as a warner archive choice and not ALLOTMENT WIVES which is a stronger Francis film and performance

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Apr 11, 2014 7:11pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: WHY TF!! does Warner own >1946 MONOGRAM flix

most of the pre 1943 Monograms are PD but it is hit and miss for what is PD and what is copyright after that. There are three big groups of Monogram rights catalogs

The 1930s films masters and other rights were technically owned by a United Artists television company, the same one that owned the pre-war WB films and the classic WB cartoons. This catalog was brought out as part of Turner's failed take over plan for MGM/UA in the 80s (he kept the catalog but sold the MGM/UA production co and trademarks back to Cannon/Pathe). These are all now part of the Warner catalog.

Most of the films from about 1938-1943 were owned by another MGM/UA company and are still controlled by MGM.

The later Monogram/Allied Artists pictures were inherited by Lorimar Television, which is now a part of Warner Bros. This includes things like the later Charlie Chan's and Bowery Boys pictures.

To add further to the confusion, there are a few Monograms from the 30s and 40s where the rights were kept by original parent company Republic or their independent co-producers. These are now controlled by a Paramount subsidiary.